After several months of discussion, design work, collection of feedback from the ESC community and usability testing, the librarians are unveiling the new Online Library. Visitors to the site will find many improvements in addition to a more appealing look and feel. Responsive web design, intended to optimize the user experience across a wide range of mobile devices, makes the Online Library one of the only mobile-friendly libraries in the SUNY system.
Audience-specific tabs have been added to direct new users, graduate students and faculty members to the most helpful resources. OneSearch, a discovery service which allows users to search for articles, books and videos from nearly all of the library’s research databases, simultaneously, has been added. The subject guides, librarian-evaluated collections of resources specific to particular subjects of study, have been moved to the homepage.
Instructional resources, such as the citation style guides, the Information Skills Tutorial, guides on conducting research and using library tools, and the full schedule of library workshops have been grouped together under the Learn section of the homepage. Our contact information and hours of operation for the Ask a Librarian service can now be found right on the homepage, and a library site index has been added to assist visitors in locating pages of interest within the website.
As always, the Ask a Librarian chat feature is located on every page of the library website to make it easy for visitors to contact a librarian for research assistance, and the library’s blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel provide followers with updates on library services. Instructors, please take time to ensure that any assignment instructions or links directing students to library resources are in line with the new layout of the library website. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.